Tag Archives: Stephen Fry

Count no blessings: how a suicidal mind works

People very often make the mistake of assuming there is some sort of logic behind suicidal thinking. They assume you must want to die because something, which would certainly make sense. And because they don’t want you to harm yourself, … Continue reading

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Don’t manufacture my meaning: a response to Darian Leader

Does illness have a meaning? Does mental distress represent underlying patterns? In experiencing the major mood shifts that constitute bipolar disorder, are we playing out unconscious thoughts or feelings from our earliest years? Darian Leader, writing in the Guardian (Bipolar … Continue reading


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OK, I’ll admit it – I hate the Silver Linings Playbook

A few weeks ago, I went to see the film Silver Linings Playbook with a friend. I was looking forward to it, because I’d heard such good things about its treatment of bipolar. However, about ten minutes in I began … Continue reading

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In it together: the Mind Media Awards, social anxiety and me

Several weeks ago the Mind digital team contacted me and asked for my postal address, saying that they would like to send me an invitation to the Mind Media Awards. I was very excited and surprised to be asked, but … Continue reading

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Everybody hurts? Privilege in mental health.

I’ve seen a lot of discussion lately – most recently this morning on Twitter, regarding the footballer Stan Collymore – as to whether celebrities who are open about mental distress are a) wonderful ambassadors in the fight against stigma, or … Continue reading

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